“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.“– Jim Rohn
The biggest and simplest secret to growing mentally is already out there for thousands of years. Probably known by everyone, but not used enough to develop and grow. The big secret is READING! Yes, simple as that. Known for ages, used by millions and still surprisingly not by everyone. Reading is actually such a useful process that it helps your memory become better and your overall *cognitive functioning improves significantly.
To this end it is not surprising that highly successful people read a lot, and to be honest reading a lot is not necessary as reading regularly. Moreover, you can choose whatever you want to read and it still gonna be useful. Of course if you are aiming to learn something you should choose a book (or whatever method you choose to read) that meets your desired skills to learn and it can be anything. A great example would be a book “Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill” for personal development if your aim is to grow mentally.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”– Jim Rohn
It’s a shame that majority of the people nowadays choose different strategies to learn instead of reading. Yes, watching a video or audio recording can be useful as well. However, it will never replace the benefits you get from an actual reading which involves a person to use visual, hearing and touch senses as well as cognitive skills.
However, all the benefits still don’t attract everyone, to be honest, at the beginning reading was a difficult work for myself and many others I believe. Before I would rather choose any method mentioned above instead of reading, because it would be boring and difficult to concentrate and I hated it. However, everything changed after I finally understood what I was doing wrong. The truth was that I was trying to read books and learn skills I had zero actual interest. It was more of a social influence or just a bad choice to learn something that sounded cool and useful instead of reading something that was actually interesting for me. It might sound childish, but I know people who are still doing the same mistake and choose books (or other methods of reading) that sounds useful and fancy instead of something interesting for them.
My advice to everyone who is reading this, don’t be stopped by a wrong book. You don’t have to finish a book if it is not your type and difficult to read, just continue looking and reading, eventually you will find genres you love. Just don’t give up! Simple as that.
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”– Mortimer J. Adler
Be the force that moves others! #TheMBM
*Cognitive functioning – refers to multiple mental abilities, including learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem-solving, decision-making, and attention.